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Three Girls About Town (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy | 23 October 1941 (USA)
To save the reputation of the hotel where they are employed, sisters try to cover up a murder.

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Leigh Jason

Writer:

Richard Carroll (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Hope Banner
Robert Benchley ... Wilburforce Puddle
Binnie Barnes ... Faith Banner
Janet Blair ... Charity Banner
John Howard ... Tommy Hopkins
Hugh O'Connell ... Chief of Police
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Josephus Wiegal
Eric Blore ... Charlemagne
Paul Harvey ... Fred Chambers
Una O'Connor ... Maggie O'Callahan
Almira Sessions ... Tessie Conarchy
Dorothy Vaughan ... Mrs. McDougall
Walter Soderling ... Charlie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alec Craig ... Samuel - Potential Casket Customer
Joseph Crehan ... Labor Leader
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Storyline

Faith and Hope Banner, sisters, are "convention hostesses" in a hotel. A body is discovered next door as the magician's convention is leaving and the mortician's convention is arriving, and the sisters, with help from manager Wilburforce Puddle, try to hide it. Complicating matters, Hope's boyfriend, Tommy, is a newspaper reporter in the hotel covering some labor negotiations, and youngest sister Charity arrives and has her eye on Tommy. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Raparigas na Cidade See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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At one point, Joan Blondell tries to get rid of a pair of singing drunks by telling them Dick Powell is in a room down the hall. Blondell and Powell were then married in real life and had made a dozen pictures together. See more »

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Wilburforce Puddle, hotel manager: A dead body in the hotel! What will the morticians think?
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Screwball that falls short
16 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

A wonderful cast stars in this 1941 screwball comedy, "Three Girls About Town," which seems to have come onto the scene a little too late. By 1941, the screwball era was over. But when a film stars Joan Blondell, Binnie Barnes, Robert Benchley, Eric Blore, Janet Blair, Una O'Connor, and John Howard, it's worth at least a look.

Blondell and Barnes play sisters, Hope and Faith, who are convention hostesses at a hotel. They're in trouble with the local moral yardstick, though being 1941, it's doubtful they've done anything more than stay up late and party with the guests. They have their younger sister Charity (Blair) in private school, and when she shows up unexpectedly, one wonders what she's learning there. She flirts with Tommy (Howard), Hope's fiancée, and likes hanging around in lingerie.

At this particular time, a magician's convention is just exiting the hotel and a mortician's convention is coming in, when a body is found in the room next door to the girls' room. The hotel manager (Robert Benchley) tries to help them get rid of it before Tommy, who is a reporter covering labor negotiations at the hotel, finds out about it.

This film gets a little tedious after a while, though there are some funny scenes and the acting is very good. You really can't go wrong with pros like Blondell, Barnes, Benchley, and Blore, even when the script doesn't support them.


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